By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
New coronavirus cases in Wyoming and the number of people reported as recovered from the illness were about even Thursday, causing the number of active cases in the state drop by eight.
Department of Health figures included in its daily coronavirus update showed nine counties reported 31 new laboratory-confirmed cases and that the number of probable cases went up by seven on Thursday. At the same time, the number of people to recover increased by 40, leaving the state with 602 active cases.
Carbon County had the highest number of active cases at 131; Fremont County had 120; Laramie had 69; Albany had 38; Park had 36; Sheridan had 33; Teton had 31; Washakie had 24; Campbell had 28; Natrona had 24; Sweetwater had 19; Goshen had 17; Lincoln had seven; Uinta and Weston had five; Converse, Crook and Hot Springs had three; Big Horn and Sublette had two, and Johnson and Platte had one.
Niobrara had no active cases.
The active cases were divided among 517 patients confirmed to have COVID-19 and 85 with probable cases.
Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.
New laboratory-confirmed cases were reported Thursday in Campbell, Fremont, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Sheridan, Teton and Washakie counties. The increase of 31 confirmed cases brought to 2,940 the total number seen since the pandemic began.
Probable cases, where a patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case but has not been tested for the illness, went up by seven on Thursday to total 528 since mid-March.
Among the total of 3,427 patients infected since March, 2,826 have recovered, according to the Department of Health, including 2,389 patients with confirmed cases and 443 with probable cases.